Following their worst season since 1996, the Angels entered the 2020 MLB draft with four picks; 10, 82, 111, and 141.
The Halos have depth in just about every position but what they really needed were pitchers, which they did get. The death of Tyler Skaggs was felt throughout the organization and even though they struggled before then, they really struggled after.
With their first-round pick, they chose left-handed pitcher Reid Detmers out of the University of Louisville. Entering the season, the junior from Illinois was on the Golden Spikes Award watch list and finished his COVID cut season with a 3-0 record, a 1.23 ERA, 48 strikeouts, and six walks.
Their final pick of the draft went to California native Adam Seminaris, a junior left-handed pitcher out of Long Beach State. Seminaris finished the shortened season third in the Big West with an ERA of 1.23 and tied for second with a recorded 36 strikeouts.
The last pitcher drafted by the Angels from Long Beach happened to be Jered Weaver, a three time all-star and two time AL wins leader. Weaver spent 10 seasons with the Halos and was the no. 12 pick in the 2004 draft.
Both Detmers and Seminaris will most likely start in the minor leagues but should move through the system quickly and play at the major level in no time.
The Angels would have to wait until the third-round for their second pick of the draft and with the 82nd pick, they chose 17-year-old David Calabrese, a center fielder out of St. Elizabeth High School.
The Canadian native was a member of the 2020 Perfect Game Preseason All-American team and All-Region first team for the Canada/Puerto Rico Region. 17-year-old Calabrese has already been compared to a young Jacoby Ellsbury.
His speed was what drew the Angels, just like other teams, to Calabrese as he had a 6.47 second 60-yard dash at a Fenway Park showcase event last year and was considered the best Canadian prospect in the draft.
If he decides to continue to the minor leagues instead of going to the University of Arkansas, he will be there for quite a bit as he builds up and improves his skills before making it to the majors.
The 111th pick in the draft went to Werner Blakely, a shortstop out of Detroit Edison High School in Michigan. Blakely became the first player from Detroit to play in the Under Armour All-America game at Wrigley Field in the summer of 2019.
Unfortunately, his senior season was cancelled before even getting to play an inning due to the coronavirus. In his junior year, he had a .467 average with 28 RBIs, five home runs, seven triples, 11 doubles and 44 runs scored. He was also 26-for-26 in stolen bases.
Blakely can decide to play at the college he committed to, Auburn University, or work his way through the farm system.
Overall, I would give them a B- in this draft as even though they picked two athletes in a position they needed, the other two could choose not to sign a contract and instead choose to play for the respective colleges they committed to.